[amsat-bb] New User

Rico van Genugten rico.van.genugten at gmail.com
Tue Apr 5 15:34:27 UTC 2016

Hi Pete,

Some advice from a fellow beginner:
 - LilacSat-2's repeater is almost never on, mostly telemetry only
 - AO-85 is easy to receive, but hard to open
 - SO-50 is harder to receive, but easier to open (never transmit when you
can't hear the bird though)
 - AO-73's telemetry is very easy to copy, but you'll have to have
something to receive SSB. Doesn't need to be fancy, I've done it using a
RTL-SDR stick and a 1/4 lambda vertical.
 - Don't stop trying, completing your first QSO is quite a rush

Good luck!


On Tue, Apr 5, 2016 at 5:08 PM, Stephen E. Belter <seb at wintek.com> wrote:

> Pete,
> The three FM satellites that you should start with are SO-50, AO-85
> (Fox-1A), and LilacSat-2 (intermittent schedule).
> You can see nearly real-time reports of which satellites are being heard
> at www.amsat.org/status .
> The 2015 edition of Getting Started With Amateur Satellites by Gould Smith
> is available from the AMSAT Store at www.amsat.org .  The 2016 edition
> will be released at the Dayton Hamvention in May.
> There is lots of additional information on the AMSAT website, including a
> operator’s guide for Fox-1A.
> 73, Steve N9IP
> --
> Steve Belter, seb at wintek.com
> On 4/5/16, 7:58 AM, "AMSAT-BB on behalf of Pete Moscatt via AMSAT-BB"
> <amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org on behalf of amsat-bb at amsat.org> wrote:
> >Hi To All,
> >Ok, I am just getting myself into the world of Satellites and need a
> >little guidance. Up until now I have been reading through Getting Started
> >on the Amateur Radio Satellites by Keith Baker.
> >He makes reference to AO-51 as the satellite to cut ones teeth on.
> >From what I understand, this bird no longer exists, so, what is now
> >considered as being a beginners satellite?
> >Pete. VK4CCV
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